Argument Against Berryessa Union School District $98,000,000 Bond Issue – Measure U

Just 6 years ago, Berryessa Union School District trustees won from us voters a $77,000,000 tax bond (debt) measure to do:

  1. Improve schools
  2. Upgrading classroom learning technology
  3. Upgrade old classrooms
  4. Upgrade school safety
  5. Upgrade fire and emergency systems

Now, just 6 years later, they want to spend $98,000,000 to do:

  1. Improve elementary/middle schools
  2. Replace aging technology
  3. Repair old classrooms
  4. Upgrade school safety
  5. Replace aging fire alarms

Isn’t it amazing how fast schools deteriorate in just 6 years?

Would you take out a 25- to 30-year loan to buy a personal computer that will be obsolete in 4–5 years?  That would be nuts, right?  But that is what the District wants us to do … again!

If you vote for this tax bond, don’t be surprised if, in another 6 years, the District asks for well over $120,000,000 to, once again, replace aging technology that we will still be paying for, imposing more bond debt to be passed on to our children and likely our grandchildren.

Education Data Partnership ( shows a steady, declining student enrollment, down to 7,102 students (2017–18) , which would make the bond expense $13,498 per student — not counting interest (up to 12%/year).  That is on top of ADA revenues of $10,301 per student every year.

Taking on decades of debt to buy technology that will be obsolete in 4–5 years is bad financial policy.

Just say NO to bad financial policy: vote NO on Measure U.

Voting for this tax bond would just reward bad behavior.  Parents know that rewarding bad behavior just gets you more bad behavior.  That’s nuts!

Don’t burden our children and grandchildren with this immense debt!

Sent a clear message to the District by voting NO on Measure U.

Also endorsing a NO vote:

Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County

Jennifer & Robert Imhoff - district parents

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